Today, 14/12/2013 Today's running order

14 Dec 2013 Last updated at 07:29

Saturday 14 December

With John Humphrys and Mishal Husain.
  • 14 Dec 2013 07:24:43

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    0710

    The paper review.

     

    0713

    The coffin of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, has set off for his ancestral home in Qunu, where his state funeral will be held on Sunday 15 December. The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent James Robbins and world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge report.


    0719

    The government has ordered the closure of a failing free school for the first time, after special measures were deemed to have been unsuccessful at the Discovery New School in Crawley. Stephanie Garrett, a teacher from the school, and Peter Evans, the cabinet member for children at West Sussex County Council, discuss.

     

    0739

    The paper review.

     

    0742

    The coffin of Nelson Mandela has left a mortuary in Pretoria for a farewell ceremony for members of the ANC, South Africa’s ruling party. The BBC’s world affairs editor, John Simpson, reports.

     

    0747

    Thought for the Day, with Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet.

     

    0750

    The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favour of a couple's right to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel in London. Amanda Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, from the educational charity Inform, and Nick Spencer, research director at the Christian think tank Theos, analyse the effects of this decision.


    0810

    The coffin of Nelson Mandela has set off for his ancestral home in Qunu, where his state funeral will be held on Sunday 15 December. Presenter John Humphrys analyses the economic inequality that still exists in South Africa despite the efforts of its former president.

     

    0818

    China is set to land a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon. Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue, analyses.

     

    0821

    A live performance of Verdi's opera Falstaff will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK from the Metropolitan Opera in New York on 14 December. The conductor James Levine talks to presenter James Naughtie.

     

    0839

    Universities UK has now withdrawn part of the guidance it issued to its members, originally stating that under certain circumstances it would be acceptable for audiences to be segregated by gender at the request of visiting speakers. Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at the University of Oxford, and Baroness Perry, a Conservative peer, examine.

     

    0845

    The paper review.

     

    0849

    The government has ordered the closure of a failing free school for the first time, after special measures were deemed to have been unsuccessful at the Discovery New School in Crawley. Mark Lehain, headteacher of the Bedford Free School, and Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), discuss.

     

    0854

    The coffin of Nelson Mandela has set off for his ancestral home in Qunu, where his state funeral will be held on Sunday 15 December. The Today programme’s John Humphrys visits a choir of black and white students at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

     

     

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